Richmond RCMP prepares for 5th annual toy drive

Toys and presents were seen stuffed to the brim of a police cruiser at Richmond RCMP’s headquarters on Thursday morning.

It was all to promote Richmond RCMP’s upcoming, fifth annual Toy Drive and Pancake Breakfast which, in itself, is one of major Richmond Christmas Fund events.

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Richmond RCMP’s Supt. Will Ng, Richmond Christmas Fund co-chair Wayne Duzita and Richmond Cares Richmond Gives’ CEO, Ed Gavsie, helped stuff the cruiser.

“This is important for everyone, especially for those at a disadvantage in the community,” said Gavsie, adding that those who are vulnerable in Richmond may also suffer during the holidays.

Richmond RCMP is very engaged in the community, added Supt. Ng.

“We look to support families, especially those who are under privileged; we want to see them be part of the community during the Christmas time,” he said.

This year, the toy drive will take place Saturday, Nov. 16 from 8 a.m. to noon in a section of the parking lot at Ironwood Shopping Plaza.

For every new, unwrapped toy or a minimum of $5 donation, the public can receive a free pancake breakfast.

There will also be various children activities and an opportunity to take a picture with Santa.

Each year, the Christmas Fund distributes grocery vouchers to individuals and families in need. Children 11 and under also receive toys, books, and sports equipment, while youth aged 12 to 17 are given gift cards. 

The program is supported by nearly 200 volunteers, who contribute well over 3,000 hours annually. Hundreds of other Richmond residents, businesses, and community groups donate cash and toys.

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